- Posted February 6, 2014 by
Watertown, New York
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Liars Senior US Congressman Mike Rogers and James Clapper: Glenn Greenwald 'a Thief'- Edward Snowden's a Traitor"
Clapper has been the Director of National Intelligence.
He's the one that when asked by Congress if the NSA was spying on Americans, said, "Not wittingly".
Is that to imply that the NSA is witless?
On March 12, 2013, during a United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing, Senator Ron Wyden quoted the keynote speech at the 2012 DEF CON by the director of the NSA, Keith B. Alexander.
Alexander had stated that "Our job is foreign intelligence" and that "Those who would want to weave the story that we have millions or hundreds of millions of dossiers on people, is absolutely false…From my perspective, this is absolute nonsense."
Senator Wyden then asked Clapper, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"
Clapper responded, "No, sir."
Wyden asked "It does not?" and Clapper said "Not wittingly.
There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly."
Rep. Mike Rogers has called Glen Greenwald, Guardian reporter,a thief and has asked if he could be prosecuted for profiting from the release of classified documents that were stolen from the NSA by Edward Snowden.
He equated Greenwald to a thief that had fenced stolen goods to make money.
Thankfully, the lawyer overseeing the hearing suggested the First Amendment protected reporters and said it was not like a common thief selling stolen goods.
But Rogers is grasping at straws.
Rogers claims that the NSA spying programs are legal. He goes on to say that lawyers have looked the programs, courts have looked at them, and Congress has looked at them and found them to be legal.
Wasn't slavery looked at by all these same types of people and at one time thought to be perfectly legal as well? Sure
The Auschwitz concentration camp was thought to be perfectly legal too by Germany at that time.
Waterboarding was said to be "legal" by the Bush Administration.
Many acts of torture by our interrogators is known not to be legal but our government does it somewhere else where that country's laws say "it's perfectly OK".
Americans need to look closely at the spying program and those that support these 'legal' activities by our government and ask themselves, "What level of security and lying about that practice are we willing to tolerate when it means the loss of our privacy and freedom?"
And we should also ask, having seen the video, "Collateral Murder", what are we doing to others in other countries that make such security necessary?
Maybe if we killed less innocent civilians with our predators, 'terrorists' would be less inclined to retaliate.
But then these are questions we can ask, but without patriots like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Glen Greenwald, we wouldn't really know that our government is doing any of these things in our name, now would we?